Wikipedia:Today's featured article/September 4, 2017

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Northern England roughly coincides with the statistical regions of North East England, North West England and Yorkshire and the Humber, which have a combined population of 14.9 million as of the 2011 Census. It contains much of England's national parkland as well as the conurbations of Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Teesside, Tyneside, Wearside, and South and West Yorkshire. Until the unification of Britain under the Stuarts, the area experienced Anglo-Scottish border fighting. Many of the innovations of the Industrial Revolution began in Northern England, and its cities were the crucibles of many of the political changes that accompanied this social upheaval, from trade unionism to Manchester Capitalism. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the economy of the North was dominated by heavy industry such as weaving, shipbuilding, steelmaking and mining, but deindustrialisation in the late 20th century hit hard. Urban renewal projects and the transition to a service economy have resulted in strong economic growth in some areas, but a North–South divide remains in both the economy and the culture of England. (Full article...)

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